Barn8 Restaurant & Bourbon Bar’s expected debut circa March wasn’t, which is to say the advent of this on-site edible component of a larger destination experience at historic Hermitage Farm in Oldham County squarely collided with initial pandemic containment measures.

But Barn8 kept rolling with the punches and has been adapting ever since.

Barn8’s fascinating coronavirus coping mechanisms after a delayed opening

One can’t help noticing that Barn8 has retained its focus amid the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in our lives. The eatery’s web site event announcements and information releases almost always make reference to safety and social distancing, as here:

Brunch will begin Saturday October 17th and will be Saturdays and Sundays from 10-2pm.
Enjoy a new menu of seasonal selections created from vegetables grown on our farm as well as other locally sourced and farm-raised products. We invite you to dine with us or to try our new menu through our take away option.
We will be at 25% capacity to keep our guests and staff safe. Individual dining rooms created from the historic barn’s original horse stalls are available, in addition to tables spaced with required distancing measures.
Wed – Sun: 5-10p
Mon – Tues: Closed
Reservations: 502-398-9289

Barn8 (10500 W. Hwy. 42 in Goshen) also is hosting a Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The kid-friendly event will feature pumpkin painting and candy stations along with packaged goods and other items crafted by local artisans for purchase in a boutique, farmer’s market setting. Walk around the grounds with treats like warm cider and baked goods while enjoying Halloween on Hermitage Farm.
Following safety precautions, staff and vendors will be wearing mask and gloves out front while serving food and drinks. Masks are required inside of Barn8, and guests are encouraged to wear them outside as well and maintain proper social distancing rules.